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WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (Div. II)

Associate Professor DENISE K. BUELL (First Semester)
Associate Professor KATHRYN R. KENT (Second Semester)

Advisory Committee: Professors: DRUXES, SAWICKI. Associate Professors: S. BOLTON, BUELL, CASE, C. JOHNSON, KENT**, MUTONGI, ROUHI, WHALEN. Assistant Professors: CHAVOYA, M. DEVEAUX. Visiting Associate Professor: BANTA. Affirmative Action Officer: MCINTIRE. Librarian: MENARD. Health Educator: DENELLI-HESS. COLLINGSWORTH (MCC).

Women's and Gender Studies can be defined as the study of how gender is constructed, how it is inflected by differences of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and so on, how gender affects the experiences and situations of men and women, and how assumptions about gender influence the construction of knowledge and experience. Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies has brought neglected material into established fields and raised important methodological questions that cross disciplinary boundaries and challenge established intellectual frameworks. The program in Women's and Gender Studies thus includes courses from a wide variety of disciplines that focus in a coherent way on gender issues, as well as core courses that acquaint students with the interdisciplinarity of the field.

THE MAJOR

The Women's and Gender Studies major encourages exposure to the interdisciplinary character of feminist scholarship. In addition, majors are required to gain some knowledge of methods within a field or discipline (3 courses in one of the categories listed below), to appreciate the importance of diversity (racial, sexual, class, ethnic, national, etc.) in scholarship on gender, to gain exposure to feminist theory, and to pursue work at an advanced level (3 courses at the 300-level).

In order to ensure that students reflect about the paths that they choose through the major, each major will be assigned to an advisor in the spring of the sophomore year. With the advisor, the student will establish a revisable course of study for the following two years. Students interested in declaring a major should contact the chair of the Program (Sawicki, x2305).

[ ] Courses not offered in 2003-2004 are listed in brackets.

Required Courses

The major consists of at least 9 courses. The following are required:

Women's and Gender Studies 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies 402 Junior/Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (The seminar explores topics in Women's and Gender Studies, and varies from year to year. Majors may take more than one seminar, space permitting.)

And one of the following feminist theory courses:

Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 225 Introduction to Feminist Thought

Women's and Gender Studies /Philosophy271T Woman as "Other"

[Women's and Gender Studies 282/Religion 306 Feminist Approaches to Religion]

Women's and Gender Studies?Political Science 336 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory

[Women's and Gender Studies/English 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film]

Distribution Requirements

1. Racial, Sexual, and Cultural Diversity

Majors must take at least one of the following:

[Women's and Gender Studies /Economics211 Women in Development]

Women's and Gender Studies/History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa

[Women's and Gender Studies/History 313 Women in Chinese History]

[Women's and Gender Studies /English341 American Genders, American Sexualities]

Women's and Gender Studies/English 342 Queer Literatures in English

[Women's and Gender Studies/History 344 The History of Sexuality in America]

Women's and Gender Studies/History 383 The History of Black Women in America: From Slavery to the Present

[Women's and Gender Studies /History386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households]

[Women's and Gender Studies /History387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latino/a History]

[Religion 232/History 309 Women and Islam]

2. Disciplinary Concentration

At least three of the seven electives must be in one of the following categories, with one of the three at the 300 level:

a. Literary or artistic expression (English, comparative literature, film and video studies, fine or performing arts)

b. Historical perspectives (includes history, music, religion, classics, art history)

c. Forms of political and social organization (includes political and social sciences)

d. Science studies (includes natural, physical, and mathematical sciences, and philosophy of science, history of science, sociology of science, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology)

3. Three of the seven electives must be at the 300 level.

THE DEGREE WITH HONORS IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Honors in Women's and Gender Studies may be granted to majors after an approved candidate completes a thesis (493-W031, W031-494) or honors project (491-W030, W030-492), delivers a public presentation of the work, and is awarded an honors grade by her/his advisor and one other reader from the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

The honors project may be one semester (plus winter study) or a year-long project. It may consist of a conventional research thesis of 40-70 pages or of other modes of presentation (e.g., art, music, poetry, theater, fiction). Proposals for non-thesis projects may include evidence of experience and competence in the chosen mode.

A student may become a candidate for honors in Women's and Gender Studies after the following criteria are met:

1) in April of the junior year, submission and Women's and Gender Studies Committee approval of a 4- to 6-page project proposal, in which the ideas, aim, general methodology, and preliminary bibliography for the project are outlined and a faculty advisor is named;

2) at the end of the junior year, cumulative grade point average of B+ from courses in two of the three academic divisions (humanities, social science, natural science);

3) on the first day of classes of the senior year, submission and approval by the faculty advisor of a 5- to 10-page prospectus for the project.

All honors work, including the public presentation will be graded by at least two faculty members-a third will be consulted if there is a significant discrepancy between the first two graders. Readers' grades will be averaged and honors will be awarded as follows: A+/A Highest Honors; A-/B+ Honors.

Sequence Courses

Women's and Gender Studies 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

[Women's and Gender Studies 402 Junior/Senior Seminar] Offered in 2004-2005.

Elective Courses

[ArtH/Women's and Gender Studies 206 Gender and Race in Recent Art Practice]

ArtH/Classics 216 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure

[ArtH 246 Baroque Art: Images of Men and Women]

[ArtH 254 Manet to Matisse]

[ArtH/INTR 321 Inventing Joan of Arc: The History of a Hero(ine) in Literature, Pictures, and Film]

[ArtH/Women's and Gender Studies 451 Sex, Race, and Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France]

ArtS 313T Art of the Public

[ArtS/Women's and Gender Studies//Theatre 323 Theatre of Images]

[ArtS 386T/Women's and Gender Studies 385T Sexuality and Media]

Classics/ArtH 216 Body of Evidence: Greek Sculpture and the Human Figure

[Classics 239/History 322 Women in Greece and Rome]

[Classics/Religion 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]

[Comparative Literature 213/Theatre 215 Femininity on Stage]

Comparative Literature/French 215 The Fashioning of Fashion: Theory and Practice

[Comparative Literature 252 Modern Women Writers in the City]

[Comparative Literature/Women's and Gender Studies 254T Adultery and the Fallen Woman]

Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 203 Gender and Economics

[Economics/Women's and Gender Studies 211 Women in Development]

English/Women's and Gender Studies 219 Introduction to Literature by Women

English/Women's and Gender Studies 316 Art of Courtship

English 340T/Women's and Gender Studies 335T Fiction of Virginia Woolf

[English/Women's and Gender Studies 341 American Genders, American Sexualities]

English/Women's and Gender Studies 342 Queer Literature in English

[English/Women's and Gender Studies 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film ]

French 206 The Female Prison: Convents and Brothels

French/Comparative Literature 215 The Fashioning of Fashion: Theory and Practice

[Greek/Women's and Gender Studies 406 Coming of Age in the Polis]

History 129 Religion, Race and Gender in the Age of the French Revolution

[History 301F Gender and History]

History/Women's and Gender Studies 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa

[History 309/Religion 232 Women and Islam]

[History/Women's and Gender Studies 313 Women in Chinese History]

[History 322/Classics 239 Women in Greece and Rome]

[History 335 Class, Gender, and Race in Post-1945 Britain]

[History 343 Gender and History in Latin America]

[History 378/Women's and Gender Studies 344 The History of Sexuality in America]

[History 379 /Women's and Gender Studies 324 Women in the United States Since 1870]

History/Women's and Gender Studies 383 Introduction to Black Women's History

[History/Women's and Gender Studies 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, and Households ]

[History/Women's and Gender Studies 387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latino/a History]

[History 394 Comparative Masculinities: Britain and the United States Since 1800]

[History/Women's and Gender Studies 489T History and the Body]

[INTR/ArtH 321 Inventing Joan of Arc: The History of a Hero(ine) in Literature, Pictures, and Film]

[Music/Women's and Gender Studies 132 Women in Music]

[Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies 212 Ethics and Reproductive Technologies]

Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies 225 Introduction to Feminist Thought

Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies 228 Feminist Bioethics

Philosophy/Women's and Gender Studies 271T Woman as "Other"

[Political Science 208 The Politics of Family Policy]

Political Science 209 Poverty in America

Political Science /Women's and Gender Studies 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism

Political Science/Women's and Gender Studies 336 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory

[Religion 232/History 309 Women and Islam]

[Religion/Classics 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World]

[Religion 306/Women's and Gender Studies 282 Feminist Approaches to Religion ]

[Theater 215/Comparative Literature 213 Femininity on Stage]

[Theatre/ArtS/Women's and Gender Studies 323 Theatre of Images]

[Women's and Gender Studies/Music 132 Women in Music]

Women's and Gender Studies/Economics 203 Gender and Economics

[Women's and Gender Studies/ArtH 206 Gender and Race in Recent Art Practice]

[Women`'s and Gender Studies/Economics 211 Women in Development]

[Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 212 Ethics and Reproductive Technologies]

Women's and Gender Studies/English 219 Introduction to Literature by Women

Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 225 Introduction to Feminist Thought

Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 228 Feminist Bioethics

[Women's and Gender Studies/Comparative Literature 254T Adultery and the Fallen Woman]

Women's and Gender Studies/Philosophy 271T Woman as "Other"

[Women's and Gender Studies 282/Religion 306 Feminist Approaches to Religion]

Women's and Gender Studies/Political Science 306 Practicing Feminism: A Study of Political Activism

Women's and Gender Studies/History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa

Women's and Gender Studies/English 316 The Art of Courtship

[Women's and Gender Studies/ArtS/Theatre 323 Theatre of Images]

[Women's and Gender Studies 324/History 379 Women in the United States Since 1870]

Women's and Gender Studies/Political Science 336 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory

[Women's and Gender Studies/English 341 American Genders, American Sexualities ]

[Women's and Gender Studies 344/History 378 The History of Sexuality in America ]

[Women's and Gender Studies/English 371 Feminist Theory and the Representation of Women in Film]

Women's and Gender Studies /History 383 Introduction to Black Women's History

[Women's and Gender Studies 385T/ArtS 386T Sexuality and Media]

[Women's and Gender Studies/History 386 Latinas in the Global Economy: Work, Migration, Household]

[Women's and Gender Studies/History 387 Community Building and Social Movements in Latino/a History]

[Women's and Gender Studies/Greek 406 Coming of Age in the Polis]

[Women's and Gender Studies/ArtH 451 Sex, Race, and Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France]

[Women's and Gender Studies/History 489T History and the Body]